9 Best Delsey Luggage in 2019 reviewed & compared
Delsey, as you probably know is one of the better luggage brands out there. Buying a luggage is no small investment and I think you would agree that just buying 1 or a set and traveling with that for as long as possible is the best way to go.
Whether you are here looking for a new luggage & Delsey is one of the brands you are considering
You have owned a Delsey suitcase for many years and are looking for an upgrade…
We’ve got you covered.
Note: Your preferences and needs may vary so we’ve gone for a wide variety of options & you can opt for different sizes in a particular collection or series too.
9 Best Delsey Luggage in 2019
Our Delsey luggage reviews cover everything from under seat options to carry-on to international checked luggage options that are available in the market today.
1. Delsey - Helium Aero 29" Spinner
This is one of our favorites and even features on our top checked luggage list. This is one of the best if not the best hard side luggage offering out there not just by Delsey alone. Aesthetically and functionality wise this option is pretty hard to beat. We tend to favor the 21” & the 29” which is what we’ve reviewed here.
Hardsides are seldom expandable and you can gain an extra 2 inches of packing space too. Irrespective of whether you are considering the carry-on or mid-size or even the 29” we’ve shown here, you will definitely have yourself a suitcase that rolls well. The carry-on option has a front pouch as well which is a super handy feature to have. These are reasonably light as well. The handles can be locked in a couple of positions which helps. The zippers are also well made and most users haven’t had any issues with them which is a big positive.
Like any other luggage in the market there are some trade-offs. Some users reported that the paint from the handle does tend to fade away on the larger model. The main issues however is related to its hardside properties. It can be prone to scratches and some dents if handled in a very rough fashion. The Wheels however stay strong throughout.
Price wise we would say it’s between a low to medium price point, in their respective sizing categories. The quality definitely makes it a worthwhile investment. It also comes with a 10 year limited warranty.
- Plenty of packing space
- Wheels are sturdy and roll smoothly
- The expansion features & the front access pouch on the carry on is great
- Aesthetics are pretty clean & stylish
- Can be prone to scratches
- Very easy to go overweight on 29”
2. Delsey - Cruise Lite 25"
Next up is Delsey's best softside luggage offering according to us - The Cruise Lite 25". Built from highly durable 1680D ballistic nylon often found on high-end luggage, the Cruise Lite is designed to last & be surprisingly light at the same time.
Available in 2 colors
As the name suggests this Delsey is fairly light and what makes it that much more impressive is that it's structurally quite sturdy as well. There is a quick access compartment for your shoes which is a feature we liked very much. This feature is prevalent in a lot of Delsey cases like the Montmartre+. There are 2 large exterior pockets as well which give you additional packing flexibility.
The inside of the case also has about 3 pockets to separate different items & 1 of them is water-resistant too. The 25" version which we are reviewing here has just about enough room for a weeks worth of clothing. You could fit a bit more if you decide to use the shoe compartment for other items as well. The shoe compartment does use up a generous amount of space which can be a slight negative for some.
The dual wheels allow the suitcase to roll quite well and have the premium feel of top-end luggage. There are top bottom and side handles which allow you to lift the case with ease. The trolley handle can lock into place in a couple of positions. One huge positive was the presence of an overweight indicator on the side handle. This will eliminate the need for a luggage scale altogether.
The Cruiselite also comes with a 10-year limited warranty which applies worldwide. We feel no matter how we look at it, the Cruise Lite has a lot to offer for the amount it costs.
- Easy access compartment for shoes is great
- Overweight indicator (50 pounds) built into the side carry handle
- Interiors have many pockets for better organization
- Premium quality for a good price
- Handles & spinner wheels are super smooth
- Quite light
- The blue variant is closer to purple
3. Delsey - Chatelet Hard+ 21"
If you are looking for a more luxurious carry-on alternative to the Helium Aero, the Delsey Chatelet Hard+ is an impressive option that even has a unique braking system for the wheels.
Available in 2 options (Chocolate & Champagne)
The Chatelet Hard+ is indeed a work of art. It’s not often a Polycarbonate luggage looks good but this one sure does. The faux leather accents & the rich interiors make this an extremely good looking spinner suitcase. The brake system is a major positive and one of the major talking points of course. The system basically locks the 2 front wheels at the push of a button and most users reported the system to work just fine.
The zippers & handles are some of the best we’ve seen in terms of offerings by Delsey. The interiors have many pockets for organization and come with a red color finish on both models. The exterior is quite sturdy and despite the scratches being highly visible on the Champagne model it can really withstand a lot of abuse. This bodes well if you happen to opt for the larger variant. The wheels are really well made and the roll pretty quietly. The TSA locking mechanism is implemented well on this model too.
If you are wondering why we’ve gone with the Helium Aero over the Chatelet, in terms of carry on recommendations, well, the Chatelet is much heavier. The numerous features do come at the cost of weight and if you are a traveler who likes to skip the checked luggage and stick to the carry-on then this Delsey Paris luggage isn’t for you.
- Braking system for front wheels is good
- Extremely well built
- Zippers are highly durable
- Worldwide limited 10 year warranty
- Scratches can be easily seen on the Champagne version
- One of the heavier options in the market today
4. Delsey - Helium Titanium 29" Spinner
You’re probably looking at the Helium Titanium, the Helium Aero & the Helium Titanium again and thinking “what’s the difference?” Granted they do have a lot of similarities they have some differences too. Let’s delve in to see why the Delsey Titanium should definitely interest you.
The Helium Titanium is available in almost as many colors as the Aero but the latter is a bit glossier and the Titanium with its matt finish is more moderate in terms of aesthetics. The handles, zippers, TSA locks are all very good and durable. The wheels roll really well. They both come with a 10 year limited warranty. Now coming to the first major difference and the deciding factor for many folks. this spinner The Aero comes in at 12.5 lbs and the Titanium at just 11.7. For the people for whom every little ounce matters this can be important.
The interiors are pretty good with a couple of compartments and plenty of packing space as well. The titanium also has zippered dividers on the inside. The matt finish or tone down exterior in terms of color also has its advantages. Since hardsides tend to accumulate scratches over time they are far less visible on this than the Aero. If you are thinking why the Aero is still above on the list, even after all these positives? Well, it’s just a matter of preference and we felt the Aero exuded more quality in terms of the finish. Functionally, however it’s definitely neck & neck.
- Lighter than the Aero
- Excellent construction quality
- Wheels roll smoothly on pretty much any surface
- Handles & zippers are built to last
- Scratches aren't easily visible
- The colors can be a tad dull
5. Delsey - Quilted Rolling UnderSeater
For those who travel often and in short spurts, under seater luggage is usually the smart way to go. This offering by Delsey is one of the really good ones in the market. The Sky Max 2 is also a good option but read to find out why we liked this rolling underseater better.
First up, it’s compact & roomy at the same time. You can eliminate the need for things like toiletry bags if you have this with you. The bag comes with plenty of pockets & zips for staying organized. There’s also a side section with a plastic lining that can hold your toiletries and prevent any spillage from damaging the rest of the contents.
Its size can be a good thing or a bad thing based on what you are after. If you are looking for something to fit a laptop this model doesn’t come with a sleeve nor is it big enough for a 15.6 inch laptop. There’s a sleeve to hold tablets or even laptops
The sky Max 2 has the edge in that department. For others, who like something compact and can hold some shoes & clothes for a couple of days this Delsey is almost a no-brainer. The Polyester exterior and the inside lining are of very good quality as well. The bottle holder on the side can handle smaller water bottles better. The easy access pouch is very well compartmentalized & since it’s an under seater you can very easily take whatever you need during the course of the flight.
- Very well made
- Quite roomy with plenty of pockets
- Fits on even the smallest of aircraft
- Value for money
- No laptop sleeve
6. Delsey - Hyperglide 21"
If the Helium Aero or the Chatelet's carry on variants don't appeal to you then the Hyperglide soft side carry on might. It is also very light which makes it ideal for those who like to pack a lot.
Launched in 2018 the hyperglide series by Delsey is aimed at frequent flyers and business travelers alike. Although the suitcase does do the job for frequent travelers, it is a let down for business travelers we felt. Let's take a closer look at why.
There's plenty of packing room and 2 external pockets for quick access items too. So if you are the type who wants to pack for 2-4 days then this carry on can get the job done and you don't have to resort to checking in a bag. The luggage is also expandable so it's important to ensure you don't go over the weight limit.
The biggest positive with the Hyperglide series is that the suitcases are very light. Its almost as light as Travelpro's Maxlite series. This is another feature that helps with the packing capacity. The spinner wheels on the hyperglide are also very well built & roll extremely well. You can use this Delsey as a 2 wheeler or a 4 wheeler with relative ease.
The not so good is more to do with the way the bag is designed. You need to ensure the weight is not distributed towards the front otherwise it can tip over easily considering how light it is structurally. The insides are quite simple with a mesh pocket at the top and another pouch to separate your items. The external handles feel sturdy which is good.
- Rolls extremely well
- Many pockets to help stay organized
- Can tip over at times when fully packed
7. Delsey - Helium Sky 29"
If you are thinking you need a soft sided luggage by Delsey that’s large & light, stop right here! The Helium Sky 29” could be a good option, especially for international travelers.
Available in 2 colors
If you are no stranger to living out of a suitcase like myself, then we might agree that having more flexibility in terms of weight is very important. It’s quite normal to buy a book or some souvenirs along the trip and this luggage can help you in all these situations. The Delsey Helium Sky has a fair few more positives than negatives.
There are plenty of pockets 3 on the outside and more than that on the inside so you can keep your stuff organized. The suitcase is expandable by a couple of inches and the build does look rather ordinary. The wheels roll well but were not the sturdiest around. Elements of this Delsey can look flimsy. Like the handle looks a tad thin for the overall size of the luggage but it does hold together well.
The main con was more to do with the fact that the wheels can break if subjected to rough treatment constantly. This is where we felt that having wheel pairs like the Montmartre comes in handy. Also the handle at the bottom despite being labeled as easy to grab we thought a more conventional design was better.
- Very light for its size
- Plenty of external & internal pockets for organization
- Rolls well
- The dirt is easily visible on the red variant
- Issues can arise with the wheels if subject to rough use
8. Delsey - Cruise Lite Garment Bag
The Cruise Lite soft side garment bag is what really caught our eye in this series. The larger checked cruise lite variants we found to be very similar to the Montmartre but the Cruise Lite garment bag offers you an interesting & well-built alternative.
Right off the bat let’s be clear, whilst some airlines do allow larger carry-ons (like 55” linear) you are better off simply checking in this garment bag even though it's just 23” linearly. The book opening type design was something we liked as it allows you to store a LOT. The bags main advantage is its maneuverability. The wheels are rubberized plus it’s a dual wheel spinner too so it’s very comfortable to use. There are plenty of pockets including 2 corner ones for smaller items like belts & 2 shoe compartments as well.
If you decide to pack your garment bag to the fullest extent then the zippers can be difficult to operate. This was mentioned by other users as well. Packing it too fully can cause some discomfort when trying to close the outer snaps as well. Other than the price, we thought the outer snap design could have been better. The book design itself tends to contribute to how we interpret what we can actually fit in this luggagebe but it’s still a nice option for those that like something compact & easy to organize.
- Aesthetically very impressive with its book-opening design
- Rubberized wheels roll well
- Stress points are well protected
- Plenty of pockets for organization
- A tad pricey
- Zippers can have issues when tightly packed
9. Delsey - Chatillon 29"
If you are hunting for a Delsey that has a lot of packing space and is light at the same time then the Chatillon will interest you. It comes with a neat little overweight detector too in case you are over ambitious with your packing.
Just 1 look at this luggage & you will know how much emphasis was placed on packing room. There are plenty of pockets inside and out to help you stay organized as well. Quality of the zippers & handles are good. The overweight detector we mentioned (which lets you know when your suitcase is heavier than 50lbs) is a positive as well, however there have been instances reported by users of this failing from time to time. Scales are far more accurate and overall in our eyesbe this becomes more of a non-feature. The corners are definitely better reinforced than many options out there. At 9.3 lbs. it’s quite light as well given its size.
Coming to the downsides, we weren’t too impressed with quality of the tiny wheels and they don’t seem to roll very well on rougher surfaces. Other users mentioned this as well. The rough water repelling surface can gather a fair amount of dust easily as well which affects the aesthetics after just a few trips.
- Very light
- Extremely spacious
- Water-resistant exterior
- Good price for its size
- Gathers dust very easily
- Construction quality isn’t the best (Especially the wheels)
- Over weight detector can be a bit unreliable
Delsey Luggage Comparison
|Model||Image||Size||Weight||Variants in the Series|
|1. Delsey Helium Aero 29"||29" x 19.5" x 12.5"||12.5 lbs||21", 25", 29"|
|2. Delsey Cruise Lite 25||27.5" x 18.5" x 12.2"||9 lbs||garment bag, 29"|
|3. Delsey Chatelet Hard+ 21"||Body: 20.25" x 14.25" x 9.5"|
Overall: 23.5" x 15.25" x 9.75
|9.3 lbs||Backpack, shoulder bag, duffel, Underseater,21", 24", 28"|
|4. Delsey Helium Titanium 29"||Body: 29" x 19.5" x 12.5"|
Overall: 32" x 20" x 12.75"
|11.7 lbs||19", 21", 25", 29"|
|5. Delsey Quilted Rolling UnderSeat||9" x 14.5" x 14"||5 lbs||-|
|6. Delsey Hyperglide 21"||Body: 20.5" x 13.5" x 9.5"|
Overall: 22.75" x 14.25" x 9.5"
|5.8 lbs||Underseater, 21", 25", 29", Garment Bag|
|7. Delsey Helium Sky 29"||29 x 19.5" x 11.5"||10.6 lbs||21", 25", 29"|
|8. Delsey Cruise Lite Garment Bag||23.62' x 11.81" x 23.23"||12.43 lbs||Underseater, 25", 29", Garment bag|
|9. Delsey - Chatillon 29"||Body: 29.25" x 19.25" x 12.25"|
Overall: 32.75" x 20" x 13"
|9.3 lbs||21", 25", 29", Garment Bag, Duffel|
|Note: The variant in bold is the one we have reviewed|
How to choose the best Delsey luggage
Delsey Paris was founded way back in 1946 and has a stellar reputation for producing top quality luggage for consumers. Delsey is one of the more established mainstream brands like Samsonite with excellent design elements. Aesthetically Delsey options are quite elegant but we’ve used more than just looks to pick our list. Here are what we looked at when picking. These could be useful when you are making your decision too!
The durability of zippers, handles, wheels etc
Have you ever heard of a statement like…”I wish the quality of X was like it was 10 years ago.” We sure would have come across such statements time & time again so how does Delsey fare when it comes to durability with these offerings? The build quality of the wheels, the ability to source replacements were very important to us. Additionally, the dual wheel system (so essentially wheel pairs) we found to have a slight edge on the single wheeled spinners. There were barely any reports of handles coming off. The ability of the handle to extend and lock in at different heights & lock in was another element we looked at. Zipper quality has traditionally been very good on Delsey suitcases and this is something that seems like a small issue but has bigger consequences.
The external dimensions of a luggage can be pretty important. Especially if you are traveling on budget airlines like Ryanair you need to make sure your carry-on or checked bag match requirements. Most of the suitcases we’ve listed come in 3 to 4 size variants all the way from under seater options to 29” checked luggage. We preferred options that have consistent quality throughout the different sizes. The Aero, Chatelet & Montmartre series’ excel at this.
Q: Are some that you mentioned on the list available as 1 set?
A: At the time of writing, most of the ones listed here are sold by Delsey as sets. So you can typically buy the carry-on a mid-sized option and the larger 29″ option together. There are other luggage sets that are quite good as well including the Delsey Comete.
Packing & Organization
This is pretty much the essence of any suitcase and the more organization your luggage offers you the better. This we thought was key considering the Delseys’ aren’t something we would chuck into the budget category. Delsey’s easy access shoe section was a massive positive for us since it’s quite common to switch between footwear and avoiding the hassle of unpacking everything is a win-win situation. Many models feature plenty of pockets not just your standard fabric lined section or mesh separation. The Chatelet series has rich interiors if that’s something that’s high on your list.
This is definitely something that is subjective but most Delseys are in the affordable – mid-price range. You need to probably ascertain if the quality benefits you are after, reflect the price in your eyes.
Features like overweight Indicators & tracking codes
Overweight indicators which are a feature on many Delseys’ (usually on the 25” & 29” versions only) we thought were a nice touch along with web tracking codes. Tracking codes help the person who recovers your luggage to contact you.
To Sum it up:
We hope these Delsey luggage reviews give you a clearer idea of the advantages & disadvantages of the different models. The Helium Aero was definitely one of our favorites for both smaller & larger suitcases.
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